Youth Programs

Specialized science, technology, engineering, and math-based workshops, field programs, and career training for students in grades K-20.

Classroom Workshops

A strong basic understanding of concepts in science is crucial to every child’s academic development. Harbor WildWatch helps supplement this education by providing STEM workshops to students through the Harbor Outreach Program (HOP).

The core HOP workshops are presented in a series for 3rd through 5th-grade students that meet both state science standards and national STEM standards. Each series includes 3 workshops (60 minutes each) and builds on the previous lesson to create an easy transition between various topics. Each series is accompanied by a unique evaluation lesson to gauge students retention of the content.

These workshops are offered for free to public school classrooms in the Peninsula, Tacoma, Steilacoom, Bethel, University Place, Clover Park and South Kitsap School Districts. Workshops may be available for private schools with a small fee.

Teachers are encouraged to book workshops as far in advance as possible to ensure availability. Download the workshop synopsis below for more information or contact our Education Director, Rachel Easton, to schedule.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently only offering virtual classroom STEM workshops. Please contact Rachel Easton for more information.

More About Classroom Workshops

Field Courses

The Explorer Series provides meaningful opportunities for K-12 students to explore the natural world in an outdoor setting. Led by staff biologists, students will improve their knowledge of water quality, the water cycle, native plants, fish and wildlife habitat, salmon life-cycles, soil health, and climate change.

Workshops take place at a local beach, estuary, wetland, or forest where students have the opportunity to examine the role that habitat plays and how their actions can help protect it. The goals of this program are to:

  • Increase eco-literacy
  • Cultivate a sense of place
  • Inspire future generations to be good stewards of the environment

These programs are provided free of charge for public schools thanks to our generous grantors. There is a suggested donation of $150 per class for private schools. Review our field course options below or contact our Education Director, Rachel Easton, to book your program!

Due to COVID-19, we are currently only offering virtual Field Courses. Please contact Education Director, Rachel Easton, for more information.

More About Field Courses

Junior Naturalist Camps

We offer a variety of camp experiences for students interested in local marine life. This typically includes mid-winter, spring and summer break programs for children ages 8-12. These camps are offered in association with PenMet Parks and typically range from $250-350 per child.  

The goal of our camps is to inspire young people to be good stewards of the environment.  Enrolled students will study various ecosystems and their connections to humans through daily STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) activities. 

These camps are ideal for students who show a high level of interest in science and do well in a team setting. For more information, please visit the PenMet Parks Recreation Guide or contact our Education Director, Rachel Easton

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not offering Junior Naturalist Camps. Please contact Education Director, Rachel Easton, for questions or more information.

Youth Camp Offerings

Internship Opportunities

Harbor WildWatch’s vision is to be a catalyst for environmental education in our community. One way we can accomplish this vision is by training the future environmental educators of the world through our internship program.

This part-time, unpaid internship provides current or recently graduated students with experience they will need to enter the environmental education workforce. Our interns have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of work experience programs, including:

The ideal candidate is pursuing a degree (or is a recent graduate of) biology/marine science/environmental studies and has an interest in environmental education. Applicants should be organized, possess strong interpersonal skills, and thrive in a collaborative working environment. Interns work under close supervision of paid staff members and are required to travel to the Gig Harbor office. Exceptional interns are considered for paid staff positions, when available.

Questions? Fill out the inquiry form below or complete the internship application in the link below. 

Current Internship Opportunities

Environmental Education

Marketing & Communications

How to Apply

Download and complete the Internship Application using the link below. Attach a detailed resume that includes educational background, relevant course work, and work experience.  To help us get to know you, please include a cover letter (or a 1-3 minute video) that describes your expectations for this experience and your personal goals and objectives. Once completed, email all materials to Stena Troyer.